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making news in america this morning, remembering the victims in charlottesville. people gathering at a memorial as we learn more about the suspect accused of driving through the crowd. the scenes there over the weekend. now, the pictures of him at the white supremacist rally hours before the incident and what his mother is aing this morning. president trump under fire for his response to the attack accused of not condemning white supremacists in his statement. mike pence is making his comments clear. a sky driver stuck in a tree for four hours after a landing mishap. why was he stuck there for so long? tom cruise injured in a stunt. see his leap from a building that came up short. >> ooh.
and good morning, we begin with charlottesville, virginia, a city in mourning after this weekend's deadly violence. >> here's what we know right now. especially about james fields, a man charged with plowing his vehicle into ray crowd of people photographed earlier in the day marching with a white supremacy group. an army spokeswoman says he reported for basic training in august 2015 but was later released and fields is due in court today facing murder and other charges. >> the charlottesville woman killed in that crash was heather heyer who worked as a paralegal. the other vics were virginia state troopers who died when their helicopter crashed as they were looking to get to the scene. mourners have been gathered in charlottesville to remember those victims and to call for peace going forward. abc abc's emily rau joins us with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. the city of charlottesville is still in a state of emergency. the streets though are quiet
this morning after a night of vigils bolton here and across the country. the alleged driver behind the wheel of this car mowing down a crowd of people protesting against a white nationalists rally now charged with murder. [ chanting ] >> reporter: 20-year-old james fields drove from ohio to virginia for the really chanting a message of white supremacy. >> i thought it had something to do with trump. i mean, he had an african-american friend. >> fields' mother saying she didn't know about her son's view but a former teacher say they date back to his days in high school. >> he had this idea that whites were a dominant race. >> reporter: solidarity against those views from charlottesville to d.c. and cities across the country, people standing together against hate. [ chanting ] >> reporter: one counterprotester in the large group of mourners saying he saw
32-year-old heather heyer die. >> i saw the life pass from her eyes and i watched her die and from that moment on, i swore to myself that i would not stop in the fight against white supremacy. >> reporter: and the memorial you can see behind me here at the site of the car attack filled with flowers and candles and written in sidewalk chalk says heather heyer, a hero. we do expect to see the suspect in court today. diane and kendis. >> emily, we know the organizer tried to hold a news conference but that didn't go so well. what happened? >> that's right. jason kesser, the person who organized the rally tried to speak, hold a press conference and was basically heckled by an angry mob. people yelling at him. he had to be escorted out into the police station by the authorities. he did say a few things before he escaped the crowds blaming the police for what happened saturday and saying that angry mob that was yelling at him calling that an example of anti-white hate. diane.
>> wow, hard to believe these are scenes from an american town in 2017. emily, thank you. friends and family of the woman killed in that crash tell abc news she was a strong woman who died speaking out against discrimination. >> heather heyer was a single mom working as a paralegal and as a waitress trying to support her daughter. heyer's own mother said she was a strong advocate for peace. >> heather's life was not about hate, and this young man who ran my daughter down mistakenly believed that hate would change the world. >> heather's mom continued by saying she was destined to give her life for fighting against evil. >> family and friends are mourning the loss of veteran virginia state troopers berk bates and jay cullen. they were in a helicopter deployed in response to the violence. that crashed not far from the scene. so, president trump had promised to hold a big press conference today but it's not on his official schedule as he faces growing criticism over his
remarks following the deadly violence. >> demonstrators gathered at trump tower in new york and in other cities urging the president to denounce specifically the hate groups involved in the clashes. this morning the white house is possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. >> reporter: now many critics are saying it wasn't strong enough and should have condemned specific groups. and president trump's allies are calling him out. >> i think clearly he should talk much more aggressively about it. >> call this white supremeicism, this white nationalism evil and let the country and world hear it. >> reporter: the white house tried to clarify, of course, that includes white supremacists, kkk, neo-nazi and all extremist groups. it was attributed to an unnamed representative but overnight in
columbia vice president mike pence echoed those sentiments. >> we have no tolerance for hate and violence for white supremacist, neo-nazis or the kkk. >> reporter: the vice president also defended the president slamming the media's coverage of the criticism. >> i will say i take issue with the fact that many in the national media spend more time criticizing the president's words than they did criticizing those who perpetrated the violence to begin with. >> meanwhile, attorney general jeff sessions says he may consider a hate crime charge and said when actions happen like this they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated. we'll hear from sessions when he appears on "good morning america." anthony scaramucci is siding with those who say the president's remarks on charlottesville didn't go far enough. in his first tv interview, since his 11-stay stint at the white house ended he told abc news that the president should have taken a tougher stance on
calling out white supremacists by their names and he issued a warning about white house chief strategist steve bannon. >> i've never sat down with steve bannon and said are you a white nationalist or white supremacist but the toleration of it by steve bannon is inexcusable. >> scaramucci has suggested that there are people in the white house working against the president. >> now for a look at your weather. the latest radar picture shows a cluster of storms moving eastward across the texas panhandle and into southern oklahoma that triggered flooding north of dallas turing streets into rivers forcing evacuations in the city of sherman and leaving dodds stranded in their cars. even leading to water rescues. nearly half a foot of rain fell across the area over a 1-hour period. about two dozen families in sherman were forced out of their homes by rising waters. quite a bit of cleanup ahead.
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expect airport delays in atlanta. learning new details about the violence in charlottesville this weekend and at least one man emerging as a hero. >> marcus martin was caught on camera getting hit by that dodge challenger that plowed through the crowd of protesters. his fiancee, marisa says he was hurt saving her life. pushing her out of the way of that oncoming vehicle. martin says he acted on instinct. >> i tried to stand up and walk to find her, couldn't walk. >> were you screaming out for her? >> all the medics that came up to me, can i help you sir, i need you to find my fiancee. i didn't care about how bad my injury was. >> you didn't feel the pain. >> oh, yeah, i felt it. i felt it but it was the last thing on my mind. >> martin suffered a broken leg. his fiancee is calling the crash an act of terror adding the man behind the wheel deserves everything he gets and more. dallas cowboys running back
ezekiel elliott is expected to appeal his domestic violence suspension this week. he received a six-game ban stemming from allegations made by a former girlfriend. elliott was near charged nor arrested. under the nfl's personal conduct policy players can be disciplined outside of the justice system. >> a guy in massachusetts says he's embarrassed but lucky after spending part of his sunday night in a tree. it took rescuers outside boston four hours to get him down. he was stuck about 60 feet in the air. he couldn't deploy his main parachute and became twisted in the line for the reserve and then it was time to hope that he'd land safely. >> i don't understand how this happened but i landed perfectly in the tree sitting on a branch, so at luck had it. it was pure dumb luck. i had no control over the canopy and i just happened to win the lottery that day.
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>> good morning i'm tamala edwards, monday, august 14 we're on several breaking stories this morning, a family member finds they don't loved ones dead inside the south philadelphia apartment. we're live as police work the scene. violence in virginia, a man in custody for driving his car into a counter protesters will go before a judge. >> if you're thinking about getting the special glasses in order to see the total similar eclipse -- solar eclipse there's something you want to know. we have those stories and accuweather ahead on "action news." flecting on the violence charlottesville, virginia, this weekend. people have been gathering on the streets there and in cities
across the country calling for peace. >> their main messages are never again and remember the innocent victims. wso-tv's joe bruno with details. >> we will mourn and we will process and we will love. >> reporter: no violence. >> say no to hate fred. >> reporter: no hate. ♪ i've got peace like a river >> reporter: no fear. a day after charlottesville streets were filled with terror, people are singing a new song. ♪ >> reporter: what started as a small group turned into a candlelight vigil attended by hundreds to pray, to console and to inspire. >> we know what's right. we know what is good and decent. and we won't let that get washed away. >> reporter: midway through the vigil the crowd was captivated by more than just words wearing shirts with the words of heather heyer's final post. heather spent her life fighting
for equal rights, this woman says. >> it should have never happened. >> reporter: even in this tough time blair finds hope that charlottesville will heal and the change heather died for will come. >> i want everybody to get together and unite and spread love and spread peace and happiness and don't let hate live. >> heather's friends say they consider her death to be an act of terror and a hate crime. i'm joe bruno. >> our thanks to joe and that final facebook post they were referring to heather saying if you're not outraged you're not paying attention. >> heather's friends are calling this a hate crime while the attorney general is considering hate crime charges in the case as well and he will be on "good morning america" later today so we will hear directly from jeff sessions on this. >> that's the scene from the memorial there in charlottesville overnight. that city known seven for its lively downtown and as a college town in shock >> that's what's making news in america this morning. good morning it is
4:30 a.m., monday, august 14. >> we're following breaking news, homicide detective scour a south philadelphia apartment where a woman and her boyfriend are found dead. communities stop to pray and reflect an clashes in charlottesville, virginia. >> let's get over to meteorologist david murphy and karen